By Onuminya Yusuf in Sokoto
The Sultan of Sokoto Dr Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar 111 has urged the batch c stream 1 corps members posted to Sokoto state to consider the state as their home.
He stated this on Thursday in his palace when the NYSC Area coordinator North West Zone Mrs Ruth Bakka led a delegation of Corp members on a courtesy call.
” I would like to welcome all of you to Sokoto , here we see every body as an indigen no discrimination despite your ethnic and religious affiliation he said.
The traditional ruler urged them to respect the law and culture of the land stressing that the people of the state are peaceful, hospitable and tolerance
He added that Sokoto is predominantly Muslim but said nobody will be compelled to join Islam .
” In Islam there is no compulsion, religion is a matter of choice.
The Sultan enjoined them to be security conscious explained that they should not make friends with those they don’t know.
He further stated that all the district heads are immediate guardian of all the Corp members posted to their domain and would account for anything that would happen to them.
The Paramount ruler intimated them that he do give award to best male and female outstanding corp member in every batch, saying they should be patriotic in their service.
Earlier the Area coordinator Mrs Ruth Bakka said they were in the palace on a thanked you visit saying Sultan has done a lot in supporting the scheme .
Mrs Bakka listed the contributions of Sultan to scheme in the state to includes , Sultanate award to the best male and female corp member for every batch, the security of corp members posted to the state, donation of cows to them in every camping session.
She used the opportunity to inform Sultan that the Director General of the scheme Brigadier Shuaibu Ibrahim in appreciation to sultan benevolence gestures has proposed the take off of NYSC schools in the state.
On their parts some corp members Agbo Chime, Esther Afolabi, Mojeed Gafar , oluwaseun Isiaka said that they enjoyed the hospitality of the people of Sokoto since they came to the camp.
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